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The Men From the Boys [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Tony Parsons
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27 May 2010

The final episode in the trilogy that began with the million-copy bestseller MAN AND BOY

Harry Silver is settled and happy. But can it last?

He has the big house, the great job (producer of a cult radio show) the loving family, and a wife he still fancies. Harry has found the good life at last.

Then everything starts to fall. An old soldier friend of his father’s comes knocking, stirring up uncomfortable memories of his war hero father. Harry’s ex-wife also shows up unannounced and his 14-year-old son decides to move in with her. His job is now on the line too, and his wife is unsettled by the re-emergence of her own ex.
How will Harry reclaim the life he loved? Can he prove to himself, once and for all, that he really knows what it means to be a man?

A tale of how we live now, Men from the Boys ends the trilogy that captivated a generation.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (27 May 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007357702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007357703
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,605,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hello - and thanks for checking out my page at Amazon Author Central.

I'm not going to drone on and on - I know you have books to read - but this is the perfect place to tell you a little about me, and something about my new novel - THE MURDER BAG, which will be published in its first edition in May 2014.

THE MURDER BAG is my first crime novel and features the debut of Detective Max Wolfe of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command at London's West End Central - 27 Savile Row.

My first job in journalism was at New Musical Express - there's a shot of me with Bruce Springsteen on this page, when we were young and stepping out into the New York night wearing only our vests - but my first journalism that didn't involve hanging out with rock stars was soon after I left the NME when I was embedded with the Vice Squad at 27 Savile Row, West End Central. The roots of THE MURDER BAG start there.

When I was creating the world of Max Wolfe, I knew that one of the things I wanted to do was give my crime novel an evocative sense of place - like Los Angeles in the novels of Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy, or Edinburgh in the Rebus novels by Ian Rankin, or Brighton in the Roy Grace novels of Peter James - and my home city is London.
27 Savile Row felt like an original location - and it had a nice ring to it, like Sherlock Holmes at home strumming the violin in Baker Street. The London of THE MURDER BAG is contemporary London but the past weighs heavily because London is full of ghosts - so it is also the London of Jack the Ripper, the Krays and the Black Museum - which is Room 101 at New Scotland Yard, closed to the public, where the relics of 150 years of terrible crimes are kept to remind policemen that they risk their lives every time they go to work. The Black Museum is important to THE MURDER BAG and crucial to my detective - the Black Museum is where Max Wolfe goes to seek wisdom and guidance from a man who is to become his greatest ally. But I don't want to spoil the book...

I have loved crime fiction all my life and I know that the very best of it honours the form while adding something fresh, an unexpected twist. That's what I tried to do with THE MURDER BAG at every step of the way.

With the murderer. With his crimes. With the weapon. With the location. With The Black Museum. And most of all, with my detective - a single parent, an amateur boxer, a coffee-addicted insomniac who is a good man but who wants to be better.

Max feels very real to me, and I think that's why the book has been supported by some of the greatest thriller and crime writers in the world. If you will forgive me for a solo on my own trumpet for a second - the great Lee Child said of THE MURDER BAG: "Spectacular! Tense but human, fast but authentic - maybe this is what Tony Parsons should have been doing all along." I wanted to create a serial hero - one of those mythic characters like Sherlock Holmes or Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe or Harry Hole - so to get the nod from Lee Child is great, because nobody has created a more brilliant serial hero in recent years than Lee Child with his Jack Reacher.

A bit about me. I always knew that I would write. I knew that nothing would stop me. I always loved stories, I always found that books engaged me like nothing else, and helped me to make sense of the world.
I left school at 16, did a number of low paid unskilled jobs, and I was working on the night shift in Gordon's Gin Distillery in Islington when I was offered my first job in journalism on New Musical Express. Since then I have had my lean years as well as my good years - careers are never linear, you have to expect set-backs along the way - but I have become an award winning journalist and bestselling novelist, and my books have been published in over 40 languages, most recently Vietnamese. My semi-autobiographical novel, MAN AND BOY, won of the Book of the Year prize.
Other novels that did pretty good include ONE FOR MY BABY, MAN AND WIFE, MEN FROM THE BOYS, MY FAVOURITE WIFE and CATCHING THE SUN. Julia Roberts liked my novel THE FAMILY WAY so much that she bought the film rights. I also wrote a novel about my wild years at the NME, called STORIES WE COULD TELL, which all takes place the night that Elvis died.

But the next few years are all about Detective Max Wolfe for me. THE MURDER BAG is the first of a trilogy of crime novels featuring Max and his world - his 5-year-old daughter Scout, their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Black Museum and 27 Savile Row and the Max Wolfe lair - their home is a big loft that overlooks Smithfield meat market. I am currently working on the second Max Wolfe book, THE SLAUGHTER MAN, which will appear in 2015. The third Max Wolfe book will be published in 2016. I have the title and the plot but I will keep it under my hat for now.

I live in London with my wife, our daughter and our dog Stan - who has provided the model for Max Wolfe's fictional dog, also called Stan, funny enough, and who will now only speak to me through his lawyers.

I really hope that you like THE MURDER BAG. Thanks again for checking out this page, and for sticking with it to the end. Love and luck. Tony Parsons.

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Praise for Men From the Boys:

'Every bit as engaging and funny and compelling [as Man and Boy]' Jane Fallon

‘Parsons manages to astutely cut right to the heart of family life.’ Woman and Home

‘(A) funny, insightful and unforgettable book.’ She

Praise for Starting Over:

'One of the many great things about a Tony Parsons novel is that they always make you feel not just alive, but even more aware of how precious life is… Another modern classic' Mirror

'Returning to familiar themes of relationships and fatherhood… Tony Parsons has written his most engaging novel to date' GQ

'From the author of Man and Boy comes this honest and funny story of a man whose life is transformed when he's given a 19-year-old's heart' Heat

'Funny and touching' Woman & Home

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About the Author

Tony Parsons is the author of Man and Boy, winner of the Book of the Year prize. His subsequent novels – One For My Baby, Man and Wife, The Family Way, Stories We Could Tell, My Favourite Wife and Starting Over were all bestsellers. He lives in London

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Having enjoyed Tony Parson's previous novels featuring Harry Silver, I was keen to try this one. Silver is now ten years older and at the outset, life seems pretty good. However, the reappearance of his ex-wife Gina complicates the already complicated relationship with his teenaged son Pat, and he meets Ken Grimwood, an old comrade of his father from the war. Now married to Cyd, and step-dad to a teenage daughter and a dad seven year old, Silver is a character who wears his heart on his sleeve as he struggles to come to terms with his life as a forty-something in 20th century Britain. In this book, he comes to realise that the "golden age" of his father's generation wasn't perhaps as great as all that although the nostalgia for past certainties is still there. Parsons writes in a simplistic style (some have found his style irritating but I quite like it) about men's emotions - too often books like this see things from a female point of view - and it works well for the most part. Occasionally though like Cyd, you do feel like saying to him "Don't say anything smart Harry". If you haven't read "Man and Boy" and "Man and Wife" I would recommend that you start with these. Although this third book in the series inevitably retreads some of the same ground, it is worth reading. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as most reviews say 26 Mar 2011
I really enjoy books written by Tony Parsons, I've read pretty much all of them. His style of writing is simple but very enjoyable so I was really looking forward to reading this (especially as it says it's his best one yet) I have to say I'm a little disappointed with this. You feel for everybody in this book (including Harry) but sorry I couldn't get into the Ken Grimwood side story. He is a totally pointless and unlikable person and was featured far too much. I couldn't care less about Ken and I don't really get why Harry would care for him? I'd still say read it because generally I did enjoy it but I just think it could have been better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor 26 Sep 2011
Towards the end of this book, the main character, Harry, says that TV production used to be his passion and labour of love, but it was now just a job "like my father used to do" I'm afraid I think the same could be said of Tony Parson's writing.

Tony Parsons had a story to tell with "Man and Boy" and while no literary giant, he could string a sentence together and touched the hearts of many, myself included. His first book was a warm, affectionate, and well observed story of the love between father and son, however the second and especially this, the third in the trilogy, feel like they have come off a rather poor production line.

The characters here are unbelievable and two dimensional, just compare the touching treatment of his son Pat in the first book, with the way Joni his daughter is dealt with in the third. The main character Harry, has now transformed from a flawed but loveable father we identify with, into an unrealistic, selfish and irresponsible fool.

It's the totally unbelievable plot however that makes this book so annoying. We are expected to believe that within a week of Harry meeting a disagreeable old man they are virtually living together, and then 15 year old Pat decides to stand vigil by the old mans hospital bed for two weeks. Just to cap it off, the old man then gives Pat a priceless VC medal while his own son, who is taking him to Australia, stands by and watches!

Sometimes it's small details which annoy the most, and that's the case here. Harry is keen on military history and has read all the books on the Italian campaign, which is understandable given his father's involvement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't disappoint 25 Jan 2013
By Katy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Reliably great read. I've read all of Tony Parsons's other books, an this is every bit as good as the others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much. 18 Sep 2011
By MaiTai
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all Tony Parsons' books so far and have truly adored his characters coming to life. The trouble is with this book that, as sometimes happens with his books, although there are some great lessons to be learnt, too much happens, and there is too much turmoil for all the characters and their marriages. The more drama the more the message is lost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Contrived and disappointing - easy to put down 21 Aug 2011
What a shame. This could have been an amazing read - coming as it did after the previous two books that had a huge impact on my own life.

If you have high hopes then prepare them accordingly

Tony, why not have another go at finishing this story better? It would be a novel idea to have another go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed 3 Sep 2010
I didn't think Men from the Boys was as good as the other two in the series or Parson's other two books (My favourite wife and the Family Way). The atmosphere is a bit glum and I don't think a father could ever be so forgiving towards a pot-smoking, school-skipping son in the real life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy 6 July 2010
Yet again I was not disappointed with Tony Parsons.
A fantasic insight into a relationship between men and the impact of modern life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent service, well packed, great book. Thanks.
Published 9 hours ago by James B. Bendell
4.0 out of 5 stars More sentimental musings...
....the next phase in the Harry Silver series follows a similar path. Nothing surprising or new but a good read nonetheless. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mr. M. A. Burrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wish he would write more of this series. Love his characterisation and humour. He always makes me smile. He tackles serious subjects with humour.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Christine Doohan
4.0 out of 5 stars SERIES OF LINKED STORIES
Slow starting then took off. Series of intertwined stories. Almost gaVE up at 60%.BUT SO GLAD I CARRIED ON an excellent read.
Published 11 months ago by Peter the reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Men from the boys
Ordered this book as I have read Tony Parsons books before - but did not really enjoy it too much - did not feel compelled to pick book up. Always a bad sign for me.
Published 19 months ago by Mrs Daryl Heritage
4.0 out of 5 stars Good end to the trilogy
This is the end of the trilogy so you must read the others first; man & Boy, Man & Wife before this one. Read more
Published 21 months ago by S. Picken
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story that will remind you how quick things in life...
It is the story of a guy whose life changes all of a sudden. He needs to deal with changes in his relationship with wife and kids, as well as with issues from work. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Gustavo Gzz
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt, honest, real
Tony Parsons is a brilliant writer, who conveys very real situations and emotions. Always gritty, but heart warming too. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by 80s fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
I'm a Tony Parsons fan, so I had to get this book! Really enjoyed it, this book is a great ending to the original book of Man and Boy. Read more
Published on 19 July 2011 by Duckling
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